Nov
5

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Hello! My name is Traci, and I blog at Beneath My Heart!

I am so excited to be participating in Jamielyn’s awesome Crazy Christmas Crafters series.

I checked out all the posts from last year, and they were amazing. It’s going to be fun to see all the new ideas this year.

Today, I want to share with you an easy craft that I made in just about an hour.

Lately, I have had this obsession with upholstery tacks.

I made a magnet board for my boys’ room with them, and I loved the way it turned out.

So I started wondering what type of Christmas craft I could make with those upholstery tacks. I came up with this Christmas tree art  for under $4.00! (I didn’t have to purchase all the supplies because I had some of them leftover from previous projects.)

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{ Christmas Tree Art } 

First of all, I bought this wooden plaque for 50 cents from Hobby Lobby.

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Then I spray painted the plaque with some Krylon Satin Dover White that I had left over from another project. You could use any off white paint you may have at home.

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Then I hammered in some bronze upholstery tacks that I bought from Lowe’s for $1.30. I used less than two boxes.

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Nailing in the tacks takes some practice. I had to draw a thin pencil line down the middle of the plaque to help me keep my lines straight.

The tacks are not perfectly lined up, but good enough. Smile

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I left a space at the bottom of the tree for my red ribbon.

Then I used my StazOn Ink (that I already had) and stamped “Blessings” at the bottom of the plaque.

I got the “Blessings” stamp a few weeks ago in the dollar bins at Michael’s.

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Next, I hot glued some jute string to the top of the plaque so I could hang it on a wall or tree, and I hot glued my red ribbon on.

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I loved the way it turned out, but it looked a little too “new” to me. I love the look of old, vintage types of decorations.

So I used my sanding sponge and sanded down the edges of the plaque.

But since the plaque was pine, you couldn’t really see where I sanded it, and it didn’t have that vintage look I was after.

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So I used some Valspar Mocha glaze (that I have had for about two years!), and applied it to the sanded edges with a Q-tip and wiped it off with a paper towel.

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It made the plaque look soooo much better!

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That’s it!

I took it outside and hung it on a tree because the weather is gorgeous here in KY today!

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I love my sweet little plaque!

It is such a great reminder of all the blessings that Christmas holds.

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They have smaller plaques at Hobby Lobby if you would like to make a similar smaller ornament, or use it for a gift tag. I thought you could even do a monogram plaque as a gift!

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Thank you for letting me share my project with

you, and I wish you all the Christmas Blessings

your hearts can hold!

Come see me sometime!

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Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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9 Responses to “DIY Christmas Tree Art {CCC}”

  1. Sarah Scott

    Love this! I think these ornaments will make great gifts for my bible study ladies. Thanks to much for the tutorial. They are really lovely.

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  2. Jamielyn

    Love this idea!! I’m definitely going to try this… I’ve got a whole package of those tacks! Thanks again for participating in the CCC Event!

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  3. Becky D

    I love this little Christmas tree ornament! What an amazing idea Traci! Can’t wait to see what other Crazy ideas coming up on this series :)

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  4. shirley wheaton-spann

    Thank you for sharing that simple yet elegant design. There’s something magical about the aged, vintage look; I think it says to me that there are some things worth keeping and cherishing.

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  5. Lauren

    I love this idea! I didn’t know upholstery tacks were so inexpensive. I’ve been trying to think of a way to make an ornament for my cousin who is getting married in a few weeks, so this has me thinking, especially with the monogram idea. Thanks :)

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  6. Linda Slattery

    Hi Traci, What a cute project and a great last minute gift idea. I think I also have some upholstery tacks hiding somewhere in my house. Time for a treasure hunt!! Thanks for sharing the idea. Linda S. in NE

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  7. Paula DeVore

    So pretty! I will definetly make a few of these for neighbors and family this year. Thank you for the how to’s.

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